This guide is for religious and secular organizations seeking support for activities that address Jewish causes, primarily in the U.S., Israel and Europe. Note that while some donors in other Inside Philanthropy guides are Jewish, not all prioritize Jewish causes, as do the funders here. Many of the funders in this list are also active in philanthropy not specifically related to Jewish causes; this guide focuses on their grantmaking related to Jewish causes. Also, note that while many of the funders listed here are men, their spouses often lead the family philanthropy, as the profiles explore. 

We'll continue to update and add to these entries, so contact us to share any news or trends you're seeing, as well as donors who should be added. 

Top Donors

SHELDON & MIRIAM ADELSON

The couple supports charitable outfits primarily in Israel and the U.S. The Adelsons have given large sums to Birthright Israel and B'nai B'rith Youth Organization. They founded the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Educational Campus in Las Vegas.

RON BARON

Various funding interests. Grantees are located in Palm Beach, New York City and Israel, including the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, the Jewish Museum, UJA Federation of New York, Friends of the IDF, and American Friends of Israel.

LEONARD & LYNNE BARRACK

Funding areas: community, education, religion. Strong focus on the Philadelphia area. Grantees include Temple University, Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Temple Beth David.  

HARVEY & JAYNE BEKER

Funding interests: education, medicine, community, Israel. Grantees include Brandeis University, Riverdale Hatzalah, UJA-Federation, and American Friends of Dental Volunteers for Israel.

ROBERT M. BEREN

Funding areas: education and youth, community, religion. Grantees include Hillel International, Sinai Akiba Academy, Jewish Communal Fund, Palm Beach Orthodox Synagogue.

DENNIS BERMAN

Funds education, youth, Israel advocacy, health, religion, community organizations. Grantees include the Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy, Yeshiva of Greater Washington, American Friends of Kiryat Chinuch Lebonim, National Gaucher Foundation, Beth Sholom Congregation.

LEN & EMILY BLAVATNIK

Funding areas: higher education, science research, arts and culture, Israel. Grantees include Tel Aviv University, Cholel Chabad food bank in Israel, ELEM/Youth in Distress.

JOSEPH CHEHEBAR

Funding is strongly tied to Brooklyn and the New York area. The family foundation supports synagogues and a number of Jewish schools.

MILTON COOPER

Funding areas: community, arts and culture, religious, Israel. Grant recipients include American Jewish Committee, American Israel Education Foundation, National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene, several chabads. 

LEON & TOBY COOPERMAN

Funding areas include youth, community and Israel. Grantees include Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest NJ, Birthright Israel, the American Jewish Committee, FIRST Israel, American Friends of Hebrew University.

ERIC & BARBARA DOBKIN

Funding areas: community, women, youth, education. Grantees and projects include Ma'yan, American Jewish World Service, Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, National Council of Jewish Women, Jewish Communal Fund.

DAVID & CHERYL EINHORN

Education and youth are top giving areas. Largest grant recipients include Hillel and Birthright Israel Foundation. Other grantees include Solomon Schecter School of Westchester, American Jewish World Service, Union for Reform Judaism.  

WARREN & MITZI EISENBERG

Main funding areas: youth, community, religious, Israel. Grantees include Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp, Valley Chabad Friendship Circle, Jewish Federation of Central Jersey, UJA Federation of New York, Temple Emanu El, Friends of ELNET.

ISRAEL & CARYL ENGLANDER

Religious grantees include congregations in Brooklyn, Miami Beach, Providence and other cities. Supported organizations include Yeshiva University, Yeshiva Heichal Hatorah, UJA Federation of New York, The Jewish Museum, Ahavas Chesed Fund.

LEONARD & SUSAN FEINSTEIN

Interests include Israel advocacy, health and human services. Grantees include: American Israel Education Foundation, American Friends of SHALVA-The Association for Mentally and Physically Challenged Children in Israel, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System (now Northwell Health), Jewish Museum.

ABEL & JUDY FRIEDMAN

Funding areas: community, education, Israel, health and human services. Focus on the Chicago area. Grantees include Moishe House (Chicago), Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, Hillel International, American Friends of Magen David Adom.

STEPHEN & BARBARA FRIEDMAN

Funding areas: education, religious, women, other. Grantees include Cornell Hillel, USC Shoah Foundation, various synagogues, UJA Federation of New York, Jewish Women's Archive. 

MENDEL GOLD

Funding interests: religious, education, social. Grantees include Congregation Ahavas Tzedakah V'Chesed (Brooklyn, NY), Yeshiva Gedolah of Bridgeport, Friends of United Hatzalah of Israel.

DAVID & RUTH GOTTESMAN

Funding goes to Jewish education and youth, community organizations, congregations/synagogues, Jewish arts and culture. A portion of giving is New York-focused.

STEPHEN & NANCY GRAND

Funding interests: Israel, health, medical research, education, community. Grantees include American Technion Society, American Committee for Weizmann Institute of Science, American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

EUGENE AND EMILY GRANT

Gives in the New York metro area, including Westchester County and Long Island. Supports UJA-Federation and other high-profile Jewish outfits, temples, schools, Chabads, and medical centers.

JOEL GREENBERG & MARCY GRINGLAS

Funding areas: educational access, advocacy and awareness. Grantees and projects include Seed the Dream Foundation, Migdal Ohr, StandWithUs, Yahad-In Unum, Jewish Family & Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia. 

HAROLD GRINSPOON & DIANE TRODERMAN

Funding areas: literacy and education, community. Some focus on Western Massachusetts and Vermont, but they give nationally and to Israel. Grantees include PJ Library, Hebrew High School of New England, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. 

ROGER & SUSAN HERTOG

The couple funds education, Israel advocacy, community and religious organizations. Hertog chairs Tikvah Fund. Grantees include American Friends of Bar-Ilan University, American Friends of Beit Hatfutsot, Yivo Institute of Jewish Research, synagogues, and Hazon.

RALPH & JUDY HERZKA

Funding areas: education, Israel, religious institutions. Grantees include Yeshiva Gedolah of Cliffwood, Yeshiva Karlin Stolin, Kollel Kaminetz; Congregation Toldos Tzvi, Congregation Ahavas Tzedakah Vachesed; Zichron Yosef, Zichron Ya'akav.

ALLAN & SHELLEY HOLT

Funding focus: culture and community, religion. Grantees include United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Defiant Requiem Foundation, Congregation B'nai Tzedek. 

MURRAY AND LAURA HUBERFELD

Main funding interests include the Chabad-Lubavich movement, with grants to a number of Chabads around the country. Other grants have gone to educational organizations. 

JONATHAN & JOANNA JACOBSON

Funding areas include education and youth, community orgs, Israel advocacy, policy. Grantees in U.S. and Israel include Brandeis Univeristy, Tel Aviv University, American Israel Foundation, Jewish Big Brother & Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, and Birthright Israel Foundation. 

JOSEPH KANFER

Various funding interests. Focus on Ohio and New York. Partners and projects include Jewish Community Board of Akron, Matan B'Sayser, Joshua Venture Group, BimBam.   

HARVEY & GLORIA KAYLIE

Funding areas include youth, health and disabilities, social services, education, religion, Israel advocacy. Grantees include OHEL Children's Home and Family Services, Aleh Negev Foundation, Ezrat Israel, IDF IMPACT Program.

MORDECAI & MONIQUE KATZ

Focused on Jewish eduation institutions. Major grants have gone to Yeshiva University to fund graduate and professional programs in marketing, data science and cybersecurity, and to Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv. Funds also go to day schools and high schools.

SETH & BETH KLARMAN

Support has gone to Jewish causes in Boston, elsewhere in the U.S. and internationally. Grantees include American Friends of Keshet Eilon, Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston. 

JACK KLEIN

Funding areas: health, Israel, education and youth, community, religious. Supported organizations include NOGA Clinic, Shaare Zedek, Friends of Yemin Orde, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco.  

ROBERT & ITA KLEIN

Funding areas include education, Torah education, youth, religious, community, human services, concentrating in the Cleveland area and New York City. Grantees include Mosdos Ohr Hatorah and Kollel Mechanchim, both in Ohio. Human service outfits include Matan B'Sayser, American Friends of Temech.

ELLY & BETH KLEINMAN

Funding interests: community, religious, education, Israel. Grantmaking focuses on Jewish community in the New York metro area, particularly Brooklyn. Backed the Kleinman Holocaust Education Center, Beth Medrash Govaha, Diaspora Yeshiva, OHEL Children's Home and Family Services. 

ROBERT & ARLENE KOGOD

Funding interests include education, youth, community, Israel, religious. Past grantees include American University-Kogod School of Business, Gesher Jewish Day School, Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, American Friends of IDF, Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.

EUGENE LERNER

Funding areas: education and youth, community, religious, Israel, health and human services. Grantees include Hillel, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership, Keshet, Chicago Board of Rabbis, New Israel Fund, Israel Cancer Research Fund.

WILLIAM & SUSAN LEVINE

Largest-ever funder of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ($25 million). The Phoenix-based family focuses on Jewish organizations and causes in Arizona and throughout the world.

RONALD & JO CAROLE LAUDER

Funding focus: Jewish youth in Europe. Grantees and programs include Jewish kindergartens in Europe, Lauder JOINT International Jewish Youth Camp in Hungary, Lauder Business School in Vienna, Council of Jews in Germany.

DAVID & DEBRA MAGERMAN

Funding areas include Jewish day schools, education. Created Kohelet Foundation to promote Jewish day schools, primarily in the Philadelphia area, but also in other states. Programs include Kohelet Fellowships Program and BOLD Day Schools.

MILTON & TAMAR MALTZ

Funds education, arts and culture, Israel advocacy, religious and community organizations. Support recipients include Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, American Israel Education Foundation, Friends of Israel Defense Forces, and congregations in Ohio, Florida and Arizona.

BERNARD & BILLI MARCUS

Funding areas: Israel advocacy and policy, community, education and youth, religious. Cofounder of Israel Democracy Institute. Other grantees include American Friends of Magen David Adom, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Foundation for Jewish Camp, Union for Reform Judaism.

DAVID & LAURA MERAGE

Funding interests: Israel, community, early childhood education, arts. Supported groups include Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, Anti-Defamation League, business and entrepreneurship groups in Israel.

LOWELL & LEAH MILKEN

Funding areas: education, cultural, Israel. Grantees and projects include Jewish Educator Awards, Milken Archive of Jewish Music, Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble, Israel Sport Center for the Disabled.

MICHAEL MILKEN & LORI ANNE HACKEL

Interests include health and human services, education and youth, cultural. Support recipients include Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, Hadassah, Jewish Healing Center Los Angeles, American Jewish University. 

JACK & GOLDIE MILLER

Funding areas: Israel, Jewish identity, social welfare, other, with focus on the Chicago area. Grantees include Aitz Hayim Center for Jewish Living, American Israel Education Foundation, Congregation Beth Shalom in Northbrook, IL, Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago.

LARRY & CAROL MIZEL

Funding interests: education, arts and culture, religious. Support has gone to groups in Denver, Oklahoma and Los Angeles, including Flo and Morris Mizel Jewish Community Day School in Tulsa, Yeshiva Toras Chaim in Denver, Mizel Museum in Denver, Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles.

HELEN NASH

Funding areas: education, health and human services, Israel, community. Grantees include Abraham Joshua Heschel School, Norwell Health, Shalem Foundation, Jewish Community Council of Canarsie.

JOSHUA & BETH NASH

Funding areas: education and youth, community, health, Israel, religious. Chairs Birthright Israel Foundation, KIVUNIM, American Jewish Committee, Sharsheret, American Friends of Ir David, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. 

YOUNES & SORAYA NAZARIAN

Education, policy, Israel advocacy, arts. Grantees include UCLA Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, the Soraya Sarah Nazarian Program in Fine Arts at American Jewish University, Technada Dorset Science & Technology Center, RAND Israel Project, Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Hadassah.

DANIEL & JANE OCH

Funding areas: education, community, Israel, religious. Focus on the New York City area. Grantees include Golda Och Academy, UJA Federation of New York, Birthright Israel, Jewish Theological Seminary. 

JOHN & JENNY PAULSON

Supports Jewish causes mostly in the U.S. Grantees include Chabad House on Wheels, temples/synagogues in California, Florida, Massachusetts and New York, the UJA Federation of New York, American Jewish Committee, Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education. 

ANDREW & SHANNON PENSON

Funding interests include youth, education, religious. Grantees have inlcuded several congregations, Beth Jacob Parochial School, Yashiva Bais Binyomin, Dallas Torah Institute, Heritage Retreats, Holy Woman Foundation.

RONALD O. PERELMAN & ANNA CHAPMAN

Funds health, Israel, religious, education, community. Supported groups include Princeton University (Jewish studies), Machne Israel, Ezer Mizion, American Friends of Hebrew University, World Jewish Congress.

STEVEN & TINA PRICE

Funding areas: education, youth, community, arts, Israel. Grantees include Hillel International, UJA Federation of New York, Museum of Jewish Heritage, National Yiddish Theater, Jewish Theological Seminary.

IRA & INGEBORG RENNERT

Main funding areas: Israel advocacy, education, Orthodox Jewish causes. Wife Ingeborg Hanna Rennert founded Women's Institute for Torah. Grantees include Yeshiva University, Bar Ilan University, Wiesel Center at Boston University, funded restoration of Jerusalem's Western Heritage Wall.

BARRY & MARILYN RUBENSTEIN

Funding areas: community, health, Israel, religious. Grantees include Yad Vashem, Temple Beth Sholom (Roslyn Heights, NY), Sid Jacobson JCC, USC Shoah Foundation.

AVI & BETTY RYZMAN

Funding interests: Israel, religious, education, community. Grantees include Yeshiva Aharon Yaakov-Ohr Eliyahu in Los Angeles, Chabad of Fairfax, Chabad Jewish Center of Laguna Beach, Chabad of Northwest Arkansas, Central Fund of Israel.  

HAIM & CHERYL SABAN

Jewish causes include Israel defense and advocacy, policy and education. Grantees include Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, American Israel Education Foundation and Israel Emergency Alliance.

ARTHUR & REBECCA SAMBERG

Funding areas: education, youth, Israel, community. Grantees include Birthright Israel Foundation, Big Tent Judaism,  Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center.

HENRY SAMUELI

Funding areas include education, heritage, community, combating antisemitism. Southern California is one region of interest.

RICKY SANDLER

Funds education and youth, community, health and human services. Grantees include UJA-Federation, Facing History & Ourselves, Israel Cancer Research Fund. 

SUNNY AND VICTOR SASSOON

The Sassoon brothers are owners of the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and scions of a centuries-old wealthy Jewish family. Los Angeles is an important area of funding.  

JAY & JEANIE SCHOTTENSTEIN

Funding areas include education, community, cultural, historical conservation. Grantees include Yeshiva University, American Friends of Nishmat, American Friends of Migdal Ohr, Israel Antiquities Authority.

LYNN SCHUSTERMAN

Funding areas: education, youth, Israel. Supported groups and foundation projects include American Israel Education Foundation, Asylum Arts, B'nai B'rith International, ROI Community, REALITY, Connection Points.

DANIEL & DEBORAH SCHWARTZ

Funding interests include education, youth, Israel advocacy, health and human services. Grantees include Yeshiva University, Etzion Foundation, Ir David Foundation, Central Fund for Israel, Mount Sinai and Upper East Side Hatzolah.

DAVID & CINDY SHAPIRA

Funding areas: education and youth, community, Israel. Grantees include Hillel International, SAR Academy, Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, Onward Israel, American Pardes Foundation.

JOHN & SHONNI SHAPIRO

Funding interests: community and youth, religious, human services. Grantees include the Shapiro Family Fellowship at UJA Federation of New York, American Jewish Committee, Hiddush-Freedom of Religion for Israel, Kemp Hill Synagogue. 

STEVEN & KATE SPIELBERG

Funding areas: arts, culture and media, service and social justice, Holocaust education and survivor aid. Grantees and projects include Righteous Persons Foundation, Jewish New Media Innovation Fund, USC Shoah Foundation, Fund for Coexistence.

MICHAEL & JUDY STEINHARDT

Funding areas: Israel, Jewish youth and community, religious. Grantees include Hebrew Language Charter Schools, Areivim Hebrew at Camp Program; co-founder and major supporter of Birthright Israel.

JEROME & ELLEN STERN

Funding areas: education, arts and culture, health, religious. Groups supported include Bar-Ilan University, Israel Children's Center, American Friends of Bible Lands, American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Palm Beach Synagogue.

SIDNEY & JUDITH SWARTZ

Supports education, Israel advocacy, religious and community organizations, in the Boston area and in Israel. Grantees include American Israel Education Foundation, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston, PEF Israel Endowment Fund, and $50 million to create an emergency medical center at Ein Kerem, Jerusalem.

HENRY AND ESTHER SWIECA

Supports Jewish educational institutions, organizations in Israel, and various congregations. New York City is a focus. 

TAD TAUBE

Various interests, including education, religious. Grantees include Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Jewish organizations in the Bay Area and in Israel. Funded Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford.

LEON WAGNER

Funding areas: community, Holocaust remembrance, education, youth, religious, Israel. Grantees include American Friends of SHALVA, USC Shoah Foundation, Chabad of Hyde Park, Am Yisrael Foundation.

LESLIE & ABIGAIL WEXNER

Interests involve leadership development, education and community. Funds the Wexner Graduate Fellowships, Wexner Heritage Program, Wexner Heritage Village in Ohio, and other Jewish organizations in Ohio.

MARK & JANE WILF

Funding areas: education, community, Israel, religious, Holocaust remembrance. Grantees include Golda Ochs Academy, Yad Vashem, Princeton University.

ZYGMUNT & AUDREY WILF

Funding areas: education, community, Israel, religious, Holocaust remembrance. Grantees include Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, USC Shoah Foundation, Congregation Etz Chaim.

GARY & KAREN WINNICK

Funding areas: education, community, Israel. Organizations supported include Hillel, Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, KOREH L.A., American Friends of Hebrew University.

HOWARD & MARCIE ZELIKOW

Interests include education and Jewish service outfits, many in Los Angeles. Grants have gone to Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles, UCLA Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles. In Israel, grantees include Friends of Yemin Orde. 

SAM & HELEN ZELL

Funding areas: education and youth, Israel, human services. Grantees include Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School, Rochelle Zell Jewish High School, American Friends of IDC (Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya), Yad Yisroel.